I do believe this kind of programming has a tendency to convey that kind of impression to our young people. They're witness to certain individuals who have no business being on tv beyond the publics obsession with reality tv shows. Lets face it what would the kardashians being doing if their father wasn't a high profile criminal lawyer or their step father wasn't an olympian. After all kim wasn't anything more than a hairdressing assistant to a hotel heiress. Most of these people don't have any talent or even education. It takes hard work, a good educaton and a lot of luck to be successful in life. Reality tv continues because its cheap programming and fills the public's obsession with dirt. Things have to change and will down the road when the public finally gets fed up.
Reality television is conveying the wrong impression to our young people, specifically that you don't need an education to be successful and that money and material positions are the only real goals in life. When young people see that people on TV did not go to college and are rich an successful, they want to be them.
I believe it is if look at some of these shows. For example Keeping Up With The Kardashians where a narcissistic, manipulative mother exploits her children via TV. Her only claim to fame is her marriage to a famous lawyer and an Olympian. At every turn in her children's lives she negotiating a new program. Talk about strange.